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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087413/nesfatin-1-modulates-murine-gastric-vagal-afferent-mechanosensitivity-in-a-nutritional-state-dependent-manner
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Stephen J Kentish, Hui Li, Claudine L Frisby, Amanda J Page
Food intake is regulated by vagal afferent signals from the stomach. Nesfatin-1 is an anorexigenic peptide produced within the gastrointestinal tract and has well defined central effects. We aimed to determine if nesfatin-1 can modulate gastric vagal afferent signals in the periphery and further whether this is altered in different nutritional states. Female C57BL/6J mice were fed either a standard laboratory diet (SLD) or a high fat diet (HFD) for 12 weeks or fasted overnight. Plasma nucleobindin-2 (NUCB2; nesfatin-1 precursor)/nesfatin-1 levels were assayed, the expression of NUCB2 in the gastric mucosa and adipose tissue was assessed using real-time quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction...
January 10, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087386/androgens-and-androgen-receptor-signaling-contribute-to-ovarian-development-in-the-chicken-embryo
#2
Ryoma Tanaka, Hiroe Izumi, Asato Kuroiwa
Androgens and androgen receptor (AR) signaling play important roles throughout development. In the chicken, AR signaling is involved in reproduction; however, its specific role is unclear. We show that AR signaling is involved in the normal development of the female embryonic gonads. The AR mRNA level was detected in male and female embryonic gonads by quantitative RT-PCR, and its expression was higher in females than in males at all developmental stages examined. In female embryos, the AR localized to nuclei of cells in the left gonad...
January 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087300/mutual-regulation-by-gnrh-and-kisspeptin-of-their-receptor-expression-and-its-impact-on-the-gene-expression-of-gonadotropin-subunits
#3
Tselmeg Mijiddorj, Haruhiko Kanasaki, Unurjargal Sukhbaatar, Aki Oride, Tomomi Hara, Satoru Kyo
Hypothalamic kisspeptin plays a pivotal role in the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis by stimulating gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) release into the portal circulation, with the subsequent release of gonadotropins. Kisspeptin and its receptor, the kisspeptin 1 receptor (Kiss1R), are also expressed in the pituitary gland. This study demonstrates the interaction between GnRH and kisspeptin within the pituitary gonadotrophs by altering their individual receptor expression. Our results show that kisspeptin and Kiss1R are expressed in the mouse pituitary gonadotroph cell line LβT2...
January 10, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079767/primary-gastric-choriocarcinoma-presenting-as-a-pregnancy-of-unknown-location
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Alyssa Larish, Amanika Kumar, Sarah Kerr, Carrie Langstraat
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy of unknown location presents a diagnostic challenge, in rare occasions leading to the diagnosis of malignancy. We describe a case of β-hCG-secreting nongestational primary gastric choriocarcinoma presenting as a pregnancy of unknown location. CASE: A 37-year-old woman, gravida 4 para 3013, presented with several days of vaginal bleeding and rising β-hCG level without ultrasound localization of pregnancy. The diagnosis of pregnancy of unknown location was made and methotrexate administered at a β-hCG level of 7,779 milli-international units/mL...
January 9, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078215/off-label-therapies-for-testosterone-replacement
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REVIEW
Lorenzo DiGiorgio, Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad
The incidence of hypogonadism has been steadily increasing over the last few years. Exogenous testosterone has been the standard treatment for hypogonadal men, but is associated with suppression of spermatogenesis as well as other possible adverse effects. There are other medications, currently considered "off label" for androgen replenishment, that exert their effect through modulation of the hypothalamic-gonadal axis. These medications increase endogenous testosterone levels and offer a different therapeutic approach...
December 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077765/acute-embryonic-anoxia-exposure-favours-the-development-of-a-dominant-and-aggressive-phenotype-in-adult-zebrafish
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Catherine M Ivy, Cayleih E Robertson, Nicholas J Bernier
Eutrophication and climate change are increasing the incidence of severe hypoxia in fish nursery habitats, yet the programming effects of hypoxia on stress responsiveness in later life are poorly understood. In this study, to investigate whether early hypoxia alters the developmental trajectory of the stress response, zebrafish embryos were exposed to 4 h of anoxia at 36 h post-fertilization and reared to adults when the responses to secondary stressors were assessed. While embryonic anoxia did not affect basal cortisol levels or the cortisol response to hypoxia in later life, it had a marked effect on the responses to a social stressor...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077499/dynamic-gnrh-and-hcg-testing-establishment-of-new-diagnostic-reference-levels
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A Kirstine Bang, Loa Nordkap, Kristian Almstrup, Lærke Priskorn, Jørgen Holm Petersen, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, Anna-Maria Andersson, Anders Juul, Niels Joergensen
: 1. OBJECTIVE: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) stimulation-tests may be used to evaluate the pituitary and testicular capacity. Our aim was to evaluate changes in follicular-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and Testosterone after GnRH and hCG stimulation in healthy men, and assess the impact of six single nucleotide polymorphisms on the responses. 2. DESIGN: GnRH- and hCG-stimulation tests were performed on 77 healthy men, 18-40 years (reference group) at a specialized andrology referral center...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077332/molecular-identification-of-star-and-3%C3%AE-hsd1-and-characterization-in-response-to-gnih-stimulation-in-protogynous-hermaphroditic-grouper-epinephelus-coioides
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Qingqing Wang, Xin Qi, Haipei Tang, Yin Guo, Shuisheng Li, Gaofei Li, Xiaoli Yang, Haifa Zhang, Xiaochun Liu, Haoran Lin
Gonadal steroids are critical factors in reproduction and sex reverse process. StAR (steroidogenic acute regulatory protein), transferring the cholesterol from the outer mitochondrial membrane to the inner membrane, is the rate-limiting factor of steroidogenesis. 3βHSD (3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase/Δ5-Δ4 isomerase), converting Δ5-steroids into Δ4-steroids, is an important oxidoreductase in steroidogenesis. In the present study, StAR and 3βHSD1 were cloned and characterized from protogynous orange-spotted grouper...
January 8, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075044/population-impacts-in-white-sucker-catostomus-commersonii-exposed-to-oil-sands-derived-contaminants-in-the-athabasca-river
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Collin J Arens, Jennifer C Arens, Natacha S Hogan, Richard J Kavanagh, Fabrice Berrue, Glen J Van Der Kraak, Michael R van den Heuvel
Biological and chemical endpoints were measured in White Sucker collected downstream of Athabasca oil sands developments and compared with those at Calling Lake, a reference location upstream of the Athabasca oil sands deposit. Naphthenic acid concentrations were also measured at 14 sites in the Athabasca River watershed. Concentrations of naphthenic acids were elevated in tributaries adjacent to oil sands mining developments. Tributary naphthenic acid profiles were more similar to aged oil sands process water than samples from the Athabasca River, suggesting an influence of tailings in the tributaries...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074367/assessment-of-metal-contamination-in-the-hun-river-china-and-evaluation-of-the-fish-zacco-platypus-and-the-snail-radix-swinhoei-as-potential-biomonitors
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Xing Wu, Shaofeng Wang, Hongxing Chen, Zhiqiang Jiang, Hongwei Chen, Mi Gao, Ran Bi, Paul L Klerks, He Wang, Yongju Luo, Lingtian Xie
The Hun River is a major tributary of the Liao River in the northeast area of China and provides drinking water for 23 million local residents. This study was designed to assess the severity of metal contamination in the Hun River and the potential use of indigenous organisms (the fish Zacco platypus and the snail Radix swinhoei) as biomonitors of metal contamination. Water, sediment, and the native fish and snails were collected at four sampling sites that differed in their physicochemical characteristics and their contamination levels...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074124/involvement-of-blood-mononuclear-cells-in-the-infertility-age-associated-diseases-and-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Antonin Bukovsky
Blood mononuclear cells consist of T cells and monocyte derived cells. Beside immunity, the blood mononuclear cells belong to the complex tissue control system (TCS), where they exhibit morphostatic function by stimulating proliferation of tissue stem cells followed by cellular differentiation, that is stopped after attaining the proper functional stage, which differs among various tissue types. Therefore, the term immune and morphostatic system (IMS) should be implied. The TCS-mediated morphostasis also consists of vascular pericytes controlled by autonomic innervation, which is regulating the quantity of distinct tissues in vivo...
December 26, 2016: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073973/human-foetal-ovary-shares-meiotic-preventing-factors-with-the-developing-testis
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Nelly Frydman, Marine Poulain, Brahim Arkoun, Clotilde Duquenne, Sophie Tourpin, Sébastien Messiaen, René Habert, Virginie Rouiller-Fabre, Alexandra Benachi, Gabriel Livera
STUDY QUESTION: How can pre-meiotic germ cells persist in the human foetal ovary? SUMMARY ANSWER: Numerous oogonia escaping meiotic entry were retrieved throughout human ovarian development simultaneously with the expression of signalling pathways preventing meiosis, typically described in the rodent embryonic testis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The transition from mitosis to meiosis is a key event in female germ cells that remains poorly documented in research on the human ovary...
January 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073830/adiponectin-deficiency-impairs-maternal-metabolic-adaptation-to-pregnancy-in-mice
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Liping Qiao, Jean-Sebastien Wattez, Samuel Lee, Amanda Nguyen, Jerome Schaack, William W Hay, Jianhua Shao
Hypoadiponectinemia has been widely observed in patients with gestational diabetes. To investigate the causal role of hypoadiponectinemia in gestational diabetes, adiponectin gene knockout (Adipoq(-/-)) and wild-type (WT) mice were crossed to produce pregnant mouse models with or without adiponectin deficiency. Adenoviral vector-mediated in vivo transduction was used to reconstitute adiponectin during late pregnancy. Results showed that Adipoq(-/-) dams developed glucose intolerance and hyperlipidemia in late pregnancy...
January 10, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073130/testosterone-plasma-concentration-is-associated-with-insulin-resistance-in-male-hypertensive-patients
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Gian Piero Carnevale Schianca, Gian Paolo Fra, Fabio Brustia, Mattia Bellan, Alice Pirovano, Alessandro Gualerzi, Michela Gentile, Antonello Gibbin, Mirta Menegatti, Ettore Bartoli, Mario Pirisi
Background: Low testosterone levels are a common finding among men with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) and are inversely related to insulin resistance. Whether this relationship holds true in patients with hypertension, but normal glucose tolerance or prediabetes, is unclear. Methods: We recruited 87 male outpatients with essential arterial hypertension, aged 35-70 years. Anthropometric data were collected, an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) performed, and the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) score calculated...
January 10, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073108/salivary-testosterone-during-the-minipuberty-of-infancy%C3%A2
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Maria Contreras, Manish Raisingani, Donald Walt Chandler, William D Curtin, Julia Barillas, Preneet Cheema Brar, Kris Prasad, Bina Shah, Raphael David
BACKGROUND: The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis is transiently activated during the postnatal months in boys, a phenomenon termed "minipuberty" of infancy, when serum testosterone (T) increases to pubertal levels. Despite high circulating T there are no signs of virilization. We hypothesize that free T as measured in saliva is low, which would explain the absence of virilization. METHODS: We measured serum total T and free T in saliva using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) in 30 infant boys, aged 1-6 months, and in 12 adolescents, aged 11-17 years...
January 10, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071692/diversity-distribution-and-significance-of-transposable-elements-in-the-genome-of-the-only-selfing-hermaphroditic-vertebrate-kryptolebias-marmoratus
#16
Jae-Sung Rhee, Beom-Soon Choi, Jaebum Kim, Bo-Mi Kim, Young-Mi Lee, Il-Chan Kim, Akira Kanamori, Ik-Young Choi, Manfred Schartl, Jae-Seong Lee
The Kryptolebias marmoratus is unique because it is the only self-fertilizing hermaphroditic vertebrate, known to date. It primarily reproduces by internal self-fertilization in a mixed ovary/testis gonad. Here, we report on a high-quality genome assembly for the K. marmoratus South Korea (SK) strain highlighting the diversity and distribution of transposable elements (TEs). We find that K. marmoratus genome maintains number and composition of TEs. This can be an important genomic attribute promoting genome recombination in this selfing fish, while, in addition to a mixed mating strategy, it may also represent a mechanism contributing to the evolutionary adaptation to ecological pressure of the species...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069897/impact-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-gene-and-oxytocin-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-on-female-sexuality
#17
Anastasia K Armeni, Konstantinos Assimakopoulos, Dimitra J Marioli, Vasiliki Koika, Eftychia Michailidou, Niki Mourtzi, Gregoris Iconomou, Neoklis A Georgopoulos
Over the past decades, research attention has increasingly been paid to the neurobiological component of sexual behaviour. The aim of the present study was to investigate the correlation of estrogen receptor α (ERα) gene polymorphism (rs2234693-PvuII) (T→C substitution) and oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism (rs53576) (G→A substitution) with sexuality parameters of young, healthy women. One hundred thirty-three Greek heterosexual women, students in higher education institutions, 20-25 years of age, sexually active, with normal menstrual cycles (28-35 days), were recruited in the study...
January 9, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069802/genomic-profiling-of-a-large-set-of-diverse-pediatric-cancers-identifies-known-and-novel-mutations-across-tumor-spectra
#18
Juliann Chmielecki, Mark Bailey, Jie He, Julia Elvin, Jo-Anne Vergilio, Shakti Ramkissoon, James Suh, Garrett M Frampton, James X Sun, Samantha Morley, Daniel Spritz, Siraj Ali, Laurie Gay, Rachel L Erlich, Jeffrey S Ross, Joana Buxhaku, Hilary Davies, Vinny Faso, Alexis Germain, Blair Glanville, Vincent A Miller, Philip J Stephens, Katherine A Janeway, John M Maris, Soheil Meshinchi, Trevor J Pugh, Jack F Shern, Doron Lipson
Pediatric cancers are generally characterized by low mutational burden and few recurrently mutated genes. Recent studies suggest that genomic alterations may help guide treatment decisions and clinical trial selection. Here, we describe genomic profiles from 1,215 pediatric tumors representing sarcomas, extracranial embryonal tumors, brain tumors, hematologic malignancies, carcinomas, and gonadal tumors. Comparable published datasets identified similar frequencies of clinically relevant alterations, validating this dataset as biologically relevant...
January 9, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067869/clinical-and-biological-markers-of-premature-aging-after-autologous-sct-in-childhood-cancer
#19
A Vatanen, M Hou, T Huang, O Söder, T Jahnukainen, M Kurimo, T H Ojala, T Sarkola, M Turanlahti, U M Saarinen-Pihkala, K Jahnukainen
The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence of frailty and physical health limitations among long-term survivors of high-risk neuroblastoma (HR NBL) and to investigate whether frail health is associated with variables of cardiovascular function, markers of inflammation and telomere length. A national study cohort of 19 (median age 22, range 16-30 years) long-term (>10 years) HR NBL survivors was studied and the findings were compared with 20 age- and sex-matched controls. Frailty was defined as ⩾3 of the following conditions: low muscle mass, low energy expenditure, slow running and weakness...
January 9, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066838/neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-ovotestis-a-case-report-and-review-of-literatures
#20
Tahereh Ashrafganjoei, Ainaz Sourati, Mahdiss Mohamadianamiri
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocine carcinoma of the gynecologic tract is rare and poses a significant clinical challenge because of tumor heterogeneity and lack of standardized guidelines for treatment. Ovotestis refers to the histology of a gonad that contains both ovarian follicles and testicular tubular elements. Ovotesticular disorder of sexual development occurs in fewer than 10% of all disorders of sexual development. Gonadal tumors with malignant potential occur in 2.6% of all cases of ovotesticular disorder of sexual development...
December 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
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